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Canada Council for the Arts Confronts Cultural Appropriation in 'Post-Truth and Reconciliation Era'

Saturday, September 9, 2017   (0 Comments)

Canada Council for the Arts announced that it is implementing a new system for assessing projects that include elements of Indigenous culture. Artists or organizations seeking funding from the council will now be assessed according to a new framework that requires applicants to prove their work aligns with the council's commitment to respecting and honoring the rights of First Nations, Inuit and M├ętis peoples to cultural sovereignty.

Council director and CEO Simon Brault said committee members have been voicing concern about project proposals that could be seen as leading to an act of cultural appropriation for some time now and asking for guidance on how to address the issue.

I don't think artists should be scared. I think they should be excited, perhaps wary of what they're doing, and that's not a bad thing," said Steven Loft, director of the Canada Council for the Arts' Indigenous program Creating, Knowing and Sharing. 

Loft also added that "What we want them to do is challenge themselves and to do things in a respectful, reciprocal manner. And that just takes thoughtfulness and it takes really thinking through things and challenging preconceived notions."   

Read the original article published on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) website.

Photo (from left): Steven Loft and Simon Brault